Wednesday, August 26, 2009

House updates

Our current house is still for sale, but we've had a lot of showings. Right now we're at the top of someone's list according to their realtor. Hope that we get an offer from them soon--their house is already set to close in 1 month. I've worked really hard to keep our house super clean and organized! So many boxes have been packed and are being stored out at the property in the pole barn. I go back to work tomorrow, so I tried to get quite a few things we don't need packed up.

I'm headed to the flooring store today to look at flooring and Friday to the kitchen shop to meet with the designer!!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Re-grading the land

As you can see, we had some of our land tilled and re-graded. Actually, we had it tilled and Josh re-graded it. Then we put down some grass seed. We bought a spreader that pulls behind the tractor to spread the seed. However, the seed kept clogging up the hole and wouldn't spread. So, the next day, Josh, the kids and I headed out first thing in the morning to seed it manually. Unfortunately, it had rained so much we couldn't walk on it, let alone drive a tractor/trailer combo without leaving ruts in the just-graded soil. We fiddled around for about an hour as we waited for the sun to dry the soil a bit. Then, the boys and I sat on folding chairs in the trailer with buckets of seed and as Josh drove around the property, we tossed out the grass seed for 3 hours. Pretty primative, but it worked!

The surveyor has started staking our property lines for us as well. We are anxious to have that completed as no one really knows where the boundary lines are, especially once you get behind the hill, because the ground rolls at so many different angles, you can't see a straight line very well.

We've had 4 showings on our house in the last 2 weeks. That's not too bad, but no offers yet. We meet with our builder tomorrow afternoon to see what the numbers look like! Yikes!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

For Sale

Our house is now officially for sale. I've been sorting, organizing, de-cluttering, packing up and cleaning for 3 days straight. My house looks awesome inside. Today I begin the outside--washing the front porch, removing dead flowers etc . . We've priced to sell and hopefully it will sell soon--once we get into a rental we'll be able to save more money each month since rent is quite a bit less than our mortgage.

The weather is supposed to be hot and stormy today, so I better get to it!!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Ce-clutter, clean, pack

We have decided to put our house on the market. Things are slowly starting to pick up in the real estate market around here. We will be officially for sale on Monday. I've been doing small organizing projects throughout the summer, but now I've really got to get down to business. I've been working on the master bedroom closet this afternoon. I've packed 8 boxes so far, plus 4 trash bags to go to Salvation Army. Most of the main rooms in the house have been de-cluttered. The focus this week will be Sweet Pea's room, master closet, sewing/craft room and play room. Wednesday we are having our hardwood floor re-coated. Friday we are going out of town for the weekend, and our open house will be Sunday while we're gone, so the house will have to be perfect when we leave. I've got a lot to do! Josh has spent the afternoon patching little dents in the walls and repainting scratched up trim and has begun to organize the garage--that's a big job!

Lots of work, but we have some positives going for us right now: a friend works at a nursing home and can provide an unlimited number of adult diaper boxes-good sized, sturdy with handles, all the same size--great for neat stacking! We have a large pole barn on our property that we will put our boxes in as we pack. Finally, I still have 3 weeks left before I must return to work.

Our plan is to price the house for a quick sale. Then begin building and move into a rental house. So, what we're packing up now are things we don't plan to take to the rental house--books, craft supplies, extra blankets and sheets . . .